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At What Age Should Siblings Stop Sharing a Bedroom?

At What Age Should Siblings Stop Sharing a Bedroom?

Some siblings love sharing a room and may want to share for as long as they can, whereas other times that might have to because of lack of space and have no choice. Here M6 Beds discuss what age should siblings stop sharing a room and have some space of their own?

What Age Should Siblings Stop Sharing a Room?

As children grow up and enter their preteen years, many recognise a need for more privacy. This is particularly true if a brother and sister share a room. As children enter double digits, we would recommend you start thinking about providing them with their own space.

What Are the Advantages of Sharing a Room?

Under the age of 10, there are many benefits of children sharing a bedroom, including:

  • It teaches children how to share and cooperate with others. 
  • It fosters a close sibling bond, thanks to the additional time they spend together. 
  • Fewer rooms are required, meaning families can share smaller homes.
  • They’ll never get lonely and have support nearby if they’re afraid of the dark.

What Are the Disadvantages of Sharing a Room?

Of course, there are also some drawbacks especially as they get older. For instance:

  • Younger siblings may disturb older brothers and sisters with crying or noise.
  • Different daily routines may see one sibling disturb the other’s sleep.
  • Squabbles can be common. 
  • There is a lack of privacy. 
  • Germs spread quicker. So, colds are more likely to be passed between siblings if they share a room. 
  • Space is limited should your child like a friend to sleepover. 
  • Mess and clutter become more concentrated in one space. 
  • Brother and sister might disagree on how they want the room to look or feel.

If your children do share a bedroom, maximise the space that you do have. Invest in a bunk bed or storage beds so the there is much ‘free’ space as possible for the siblings!

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Reading Bedtime Stories

Reading Bedtime Stories

The importance of taking the time to read your child a bedtime story.

Parents everywhere are sure to have experienced their child’s tantrums at bedtime at some point. Whether it’s age-old excuses of reasons why they’re just not tired, wanting to stay up for one more game, or the common internal battle of not letting themselves fall to sleep even though they’re shattered, children seem to have a million tricks up their sleeves to delay heading to the land of nod. Thankfully, children aren’t the only ones with clever methods for bedtimes. Reading a bedtime story to your children can be a wonderful way to encourage sleep, as well as having many more benefits.

Keeping up a routine Reading to your child every night can help them get into “bed mode”. Once they’re tucked up and getting stuck in to a good story, it can help your child to prepare themselves for sleep, relaxing and becoming sleepy without having to battle to get them to bed. It’s also a good idea to encourage your child to love reading too. When reading before bed has been part of their evening routine since they were young, you may find they take to reading independently much more easily too. 

Creating a bond Reading time before bed can often act as a precious few moments of calm that just the two of you share. With busy modern day schedules it can often be difficult to find time for just the pair of you, so getting cosy with a book can help you connect at the end of each day. This calming time can also be a great way to de-stress, for both you and your child. If either of you have had a particularly exciting, busy or even difficult day, a little quiet time can work wonders so neither of you are getting into bed with a busy mind. 

Boosting their creativity Reading to your child helps them to develop their imagination skills. Transporting them into wonderfully magical worlds, introducing new characters and following a plot can help them to create images in their heads. The descriptive language that is often used in children’s books can help make this easier for them too. It’s also a great idea to talk about what you’ve read together, and get your children to describe how they see the story going too.

Aiding their intelligence On top of all the other benefits bedtime reading has, it can also help to boost your child’s intelligence. Studies have shown that it can help develop their logic skills, as well as encourage language development – especially when as the reader you add emphasis and emotion to the words. As your children get older, reading chapter-based books together is a great way to encourage patience in your child. Having to wait for the next time you read together to find out what happens is a good way to practice these skills, without being tempted to rush! Developing a bedtime routine is a great way to build a healthy sleep routine from a young age

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How to Choose Your Perfect Mattress

How to Choose Your Perfect Mattress

There are three common types of mattresses: innerspring, foam, and adjustable. There’s no one “right” material to choose, but in general, side sleepers need a softer mattress, stomach sleepers need a firm one, and back sleepers fall somewhere in between.

Beyond the types of mattresses and firmness, you’ll need to think about a few other factors. From sleep style to negotiating with a bedfellow, here’s what to look for based on your needs:

If you like a bed with bounce

Traditional innerspring styles have that familiar bouncy feel and may be firmer. Interconnected coils are extra-durable, but individual “pocketed” coils, each covered with fabric, reduce the ripple effect that happens when someone on one side of the bed moves.

If you prefer a firmer base

Memory foam options have less spring and offer more pressure relief. To determine quality, look at the density and thickness of the foam, which will determine how deep you’ll sink. The newer, online mattresses generally use several different layers of foam, with heavier ones on the bottom for support and lighter, cooler kinds on the top for comfort.

If you want a plush top

Innerspring mattresses typically have either a fiberfill or foam outer layer, covered in quilted ticking. But even if you want an uber-plush feel, don’t be swayed by a thick-looking pillowtop as it can compress over time. It’s often best to choose a firmer, well-quilted mattress, and then cover it with a replaceable mattress topper.

If you like to change it up

Consider an air-filled mattress. Two side-by-side chambers allow you and your partner to customise the mattress firmness separately. There are also foam mattresses with soft and firm sides, so you can just flip it over as needed, and modular designs that let you move around the springs on the inside.

If you sleep on your side

You’ll want a surface that will support your body weight, and conform to your shape. Innersprings may have more pressure relief than some foam or latex mattresses, but a soft foam mattress or one with built-in pressure relief points around the shoulders and hips can work for side sleepers, too

If you sleep on your stomach

The last thing a stomach-sleeper probably wants is an enveloping memory foam — it would feel smothering! Instead, a firmer bed will provide the best support. Consider a firm foam, dense innerspring, or air-filled mattress.

If you sleep on your back

You’ll want something in the middle — a surface that supports, but has some give so your spine is kept in a healthy alignment. You’ll find happiness with any of the mattress types, but you should do your best princess-and-the-pea impression to see what feels best to you.

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How to choose the right bed for growing kids

How to choose the right bed for growing kids

Toddler beds are an unnecessary extra expense

Although they’re all the rage, a toddler bed – which is essentially a frame that makes sure a child does not roll out of it at night as well as giving them a similar snug feeling to their cot – is something they will quickly grow too big for. ‘A toddler bed can be a good alternative for children who are finding the transition to a ”big” bed difficult’.

Cleanliness is important

It is extremely important to keep your Childs bed as clean as possible.

The best way to avoid a dirt mattress is:

  • clean bed sheets weekly, including pillow cases and duvet cover.
  • air out the bed with no sheets on for at least two hours when you change the sheets.
  • these two hours are ideal for cleaning the room, which includes both dusting and vacuuming.

In general, a clean and tidy home (and bedroom) is a good way of controlling the spread of illness.

The importance of having a good mattress

A good mattress will support your whole body and ensure that your spine is in a neutral position while you sleep. Finding the right mattress that will give ensure a great night’s sleep as your children are getting both the right support as well as the right comfort level.

 

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The pros and cons of putting a nightlight in your child’s bedroom

The pros and cons of putting a nightlight in your child’s bedroom

Will a nightlight keep your child awake for longer or help them to relax and fall asleep faster at bedtime?

We’ve put together the pros and cons of using a nightlight to help you decide whether it is right for you and your child.

Pros

Fun designs available – if your child fights going to bed, having a fun nightlight that they’ve picked out themselves can help to make going to bed a more attractive prospect.

Makes it easier to check in on them – if you check in on your child before going to bed, a nightlight can make it easier for you to see that they’re sleeping soundly and comfortably.

Can relieve a child’s anxiety – at some point most children will go through a phase of feeling afraid of the dark or having nightmares. A nightlight can help to quell anxieties, relaxing your child and making it easier for them to fall asleep and have a restful night’s sleep.

Light the way if your child gets up in the dark – if your child needs to get up in the night for a toilet trip then a nightlight can make them feel more comfortable about doing so. This can be particularly useful if your child has bunk beds or a raised bed and has to navigate a ladder in the dark.

Cons

May disrupt your child’s natural sleep pattern – Scientific research shows that we sleep better in complete darkness and any kind of light, including artificial light, can disrupt our natural sleep pattern. A light sleeping environment can prevent the body from releasing the natural sleep hormone melatonin which is responsible for making us feel tired and helping us to relax and fall asleep.

Can be distracting – Some nightlights may have the opposite effect to what is desired and stimulate your child when you most want them to relax and go to sleep. This can be particularly true of nightlights that move or play music.

May cause a child to fear the dark – When babies are first born, they have no fear of the dark. By introducing a nightlight to their bedroom very early on they may grow up used to it always being light and so develop a fear of the dark as it is so unfamiliar to them.

Whether or not you choose to add a nightlight to your child’s bedroom is a personal choice, there is no right or wrong answer. Many people find that a child may need a nightlight during certain periods of their childhood, for example during toilet training, when they are sick, or if they become afraid of the dark. Children often grow out of these phases and then no longer require the nightlight.

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Space-saving tips for kids that share a bedroom

Space-saving tips for kids that share a bedroom

Prevent your kids’ bedroom from becoming cluttered and untidy with these creative space-saving tips.

If your kids share a bedroom, it can be challenging to design a space that provides them with a comfortable amount of floor space to play.

Here are our top space-saving tips for creating a shared kids’ bedroom that is fun, functional and uncluttered.

Bunk beds

One of the best ways of freeing up floor space in your kids’ bedroom is by investing in bunk beds. Not only are bunk beds a practical solution, they’re also a lot of fun and most kids will love the novelty of bunking together.

Utilise wall space

If your kids’ bedroom is lacking floor space, putting shelves and hooks on the walls can help to add extra storage to the room. Be careful not to add too much to the walls though or you risk making the room look cluttered.

Multi-functional furniture

Choose the furniture for your kids’ bedroom carefully, investing in multi-functional pieces whenever possible. Choose beds that include underbed storage, a desk or dressing table that also has shelving, or even a toy chest that doubles as a seat.

Fold-down desk and chair

If the kids need a desk in their bedroom but you’ve run out of floor space, try attaching a fold down desk on hinges to the wall. Pair the desk with a fold up chair and both can be tidied away when not in use.

Less is more

Small bedrooms feel even smaller when they are very busy, untidy or full of clutter. Encourage minimalism and get into the habit of sorting through your kids’ old clothes and toys regularly and either getting rid of items they have outgrown or putting them in storage.

To find out more about the bunk beds we stock here at M6 Beds, give our team a call on 01270 879 379.

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